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April 13, 2007 at 9:34 PM

Rangers 5, Mariners 2 Final

Seattle showed some life in the end, but it wasn’t nearly enough to prevent a third loss in four games not pitched by Felix Hernandez. The early season weather cancellations are clearly having an impact here, not just on over-all rustiness, but the team’s situational hitting.
Seattle went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position tonight. That helps explain how a team can outhit Texas 11-8, yet score only two runs. By the way, that means five games out of six scoring two runs or less. (And remember, we aren’t counting the near no-hitter in the Friday night snowout). Something clearly isn’t clicking for this squad on offense and now, with the bottom three in the rotation due to work the next three outings, there’s a good chance the team will need a whole bunch of runs to stay competitive.
It’s still far from being a crisis. The Mariners are lucky to be at 3-3 and not 1-5 or 1-6. Hernandez has bought them some time to work through these early season woes. The bullpen held them in the game for the most part until Matt Kata hit that solo homer off J.J. Putz in the ninth for the back-breaking run.
The bats did show signs of life throughout the game. Seattle seemed to hit more balls hard than the Rangers did despite the two Texas homers to none for the M’s. But a team isn’t going to win scoring two runs per game without a guy named Hernandez on the mound. And even then, it’s pushing your luck. Back to the drawing board tomorrow.

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